Holiday Giveaway!

Yeah yeah, I’ve been Mia for awhile now, I am aware. I sincerely apologize for my absence but work literally took over my life the week of Thanksgiving and then all I wanted to do was rest during the holiday weekend. I just want my readers to know that my lack of blogging is not due to my disinterest but more so life getting really hectic and my inability to multitask as much as I would like.

I mean let’s be serious, I was so tired Thanksigiving I didn’t bake once. Gasp. That’s when you know I need a break. And ok I took a hiatus awhile after that too but I’m back and ready to blog like my normal self.

And to apologize even more, I’m doing my very first giveaway! You could be the proud winner of a bag of Peppermint Mocha Godiva Coffee! I loved Godiva’s coffee so much I decided to get in the spirit of giving and let one of my lucky readers get a taste!


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To enter just leave a comment about your favorite holiday drink, movie and or song and I will pick the winner randomly on Friday!

And speaking of peppermint and chocolate….

These two flavors go together so well case in point- mint chocolate chip ice cream, thin mints, peppermint patties, grasshopper pie. If you don’t like this flavor combo then I have one thing to say to you Bah humbug!

I usually make these chocolate peppermint cookies around christmas but I just wanted to do something different. As I tried to think of something “new” and “different” I turned on the TV to watch my usual shows but was surprised to find that my regularly scheduled programming was not on! Oh the horror.

What was on instead? A christmas special for the tree lighting in Rockafeller center with lots of performers covering christmas songs. And to my delight I was just in time for the world premiere of Mariah Carey and Justin Beiber’s video of their collaboration of All I want for Christmas. Need I say more? I was bombarded with a half clothed Mariah and a young Justin Beiber dancing around a shopping mall. Awkward.

In all honesty I’m a bit of a traditional christmas music gal, give me some Bing Crosby or Judy Garland and I’m a happy girl. Don’t get me wrong I love Mariah’s original All I want for Christmas partially because it reminds me of Love Actually, quite possibly one of my favorite christmas movies ever…don’t even get me started on that Ralphy and that beebee gun. But really? Did she have to remake the song and shoot a video as if she hasn’t aged at all?

So what conclusion did I come to after all this?

That awkward combo of Mariah and Biebs made me think, why don’t I just create a new version of my cookies? And so my chocolate peppermint cupcakes were born.

I made chocolate cupcakes with a hint of mint. If you don’t already know my stance on cake flour please read. I really do think homemade cake made with cake flour tastes best but I know the holidays are hectic and who am I to say that a box chocolate cake isn’t good enough?  I am not above box cake mix when in a hurry. Box cake is better than no cake.

And if the holiday’s are getting to you or family is just too much or if  that video seemed to in-sense some rage into you, take it out on some candy canes. Believe me it’s cathartic.

Pour now sparkly crushed candy cane into some fluffy vanilla butter cream and all may seem right with the world again after watching that creeptastic video.

These are the perfect little chirstmasy treat and yes christmasy is word I made up. Sweet and minty these taste delicious and are mistletoe friendly.

Chocolate Cake
~Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book

2 1/4 Cup cake flour

1/2 Cup Cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 Stick butter

1 3/4 Cup sugar

1 Tablespoon peppermint or mint extract

3 eggs

1 1/3 Cup cold water

In a bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda and set aside.

In another bowl cream butter and sugar until it forms a paste. Add each egg one at a time and mix. Add peppermint extract. Slowly start adding flour mixture and milk alternating until all combined.

Bake in cupcake pan with liners for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Once baked through let them cool completely.

Vanilla Candy Cane Butter Cream:
~Adapted from How Sweet Eats White Chocolate Butter Cream

1 stick of butter

2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons crushed candy canes

In a bowl whip butter. Slowly add powdered sugar until all combined. Add vanilla and milk and beat again.

Crush candy can in a food processor or in a plastic bag using a wooden spoon. Add crushed candy cane to the fluffy butter cream and fold.

Pipe icing out on top of cupcakes and sprinkle with candy cane pieces.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to win that Peppermint Mocha Godiva coffee!

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Holiday Giveaway!

  1. Welcome back! Those look delicious!!! I really love the hot chocolate mixes from Williams Sonoma at Christmas! I always to try go right after the holiday and pick up a bunch of tins at half off to keep around for the next year! (I’m all about a good deal :).) Hope things at work are calming down for you!

  2. Amanda

    hello!! glad to have you back in baking land, i have to bake 8 dozen cookies for friday’s office exchange and might have to use your cookie recipe, looks delicious! :) my favorite holiday drink would have to be egg nog with a little nutmeg, maybe (more than) a little brandy and some ice cubes it makes the enormous family gatherings that i have a little more punchy and fun :)

  3. Kathy E

    I love to drink egg nog in front of a fire during the holidays, but, since we don’t have a fireplace I’ll have to settle for just the eggnog

  4. Wow Brooke, I was just reading your about you page and you’ve already done so much in your young life. I wish I would’ve had your guts to just get out there and go and do.

    One of my favorite movies is the The Bishops Wife with Cary Grant and Loretta Young and another is The Christmas Story (All I want for Christmas is a BB gun) LOL. I love Godiva chocolate and would really enjoy the Peppermint Mocha, I’m sure. And your cupcakes looks almost too pretty to eat, I would love to bake some. I’m a new follower. I hope you’ll stop by and visit my blog too.

    Thanks for letting me enter. Merry Christmas, Tracy :)
    cottonpickincute(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Bob

    Hey Brooke…My favorite Christmas song is “Domenick the Donkey” Pickture me singing the song with 3 sons doing “donkey kicks” every time “Hee Haw” is sung…oh yeah you have seen that!!! lol

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